St. Croix Tribal Health Clinic
Mission: To protect and promote access to quality, holistic healthcare for the St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin and their communities that are person-centred and integrative on life’s journey from birth to walking-on. By assisting the St. Croix Chippewa Tribe in promoting and achieving lifestyles and communities that are safe, sober, and healthy through identifying and building on the strengths of individuals and communities, encouraging hope for today and for the next seven generations.
St. Croix Tribal Health Clinic – Main Location
Located in the Big Sand Lake Community – Hertel Wisconsin
4404 WI-70, Webster, WI 54893
Monday – Friday 8am – 4pm
St. Croix Tribal Health Clinic – Round Lake
Located in the Round Lake Community
2221 60th St Luck, WI 54853
Tuesday – Thursday 9am – 3pm
Katie Sears – Health Director
715-349-8554 x 5257
Primary prevention is directed towards preventing the initial occurrence of a disorder through screening and adjusting lifestyles to reduce risk. Secondary and tertiary prevention seeks to arrest or retard existing disease and its effects. This is accomplished through early detection and appropriate treatment; or to reduce the chance of relapse of chronic disease. The best outcomes come from screening identifying and changing risk behaviors in lifestyles.
The St. Croix Tribal Health Clinic integrates several services to treat the whole person through: Diabetes Care, Nutrition, Fitness, Family Medical, Dental, Optical, Pharmaceutical, W.I.C., Medical Eligibility Outreach, Transportation, Honoring Our Children / Honoring Our Families, Healthy Heart, Community Health-Elder Care, Behavioral Health, Tobacco Cessation, and Minochigedaa. The clinic also advocates at Tribal, County, State, and Federal levels to ensure that equal access to the best, quality health care is afforded as a basic human right.
The Indian Health Service (IHS), an agency within the Department of health and Human Services is responsible for providing federal health services to American Indians and Alaska Natives. The provision of health services to members of federally-recognized tribes grew out of the special government-to-government relationship between the federal government and Indian tribes. This relationship, established in 1787, is based on Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, and has been given form and substance by numerous treaties, laws, Supreme Court decisions and Executive Orders.
St. Croix began providing health care in mobile units in each of the communities in the 1950’s and 1960’s. The focus at this time was preventive medicine and immunizations. By the mid 1970’s and early 1980’s a small clinic was established in Tribal center with rent-a-docs and contracted services.
In 2000 the St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin opened the doors to the new facility housing behavioral health, medical, dental, optical, community health and HOC/HOF/WIC. Its services continue to grow to meet the community’s needs. During 2011 and 2012 the Clinic completed a major remodel and renovation which increased care capacity and reflected the outstanding priority performance that is happening through our person-centered service delivery.
The St. Croix Tribal Health Clinic takes great pride in being an Ojibwe-owned and managed state of the art Health Clinic that is culturally appropriate, person-centered and holistic focused on prevention. Its goal is to assist St. Croix Tribal community members in preventing the onset of disease or health issues through screening and education, stopping the disease or health issue in its tracks before it can become chronic through the best and most advanced treatments, while reducing the overall impact on the individual, the family and the St. Croix Tribal Community.
This is accomplished by modern innovation such as electronic health records and proven practices made available, such as nutrition and fitness as medical treatment and adjunct care. Patients can feel confident receiving care from the most qualified, caring staff who utilize the most innovative and effective evidenced-based practices for optimal health.
The St. Croix Tribal Health Clinic Administration is responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations at the clinic including all business transactions, record keeping, medical coding, billing, clinical applications and patient registration.
All proceeds from patient care, the pharmacy, etc. are reinvested back into the Clinic as one of the means of funding on-going operations.
The principal service area for the St. Croix Tribal Health Clinic includes Barron, Burnett, Polk Sawyer and Washburn County, Wisconsin and neighboring Pine County Minnesota. Additionally, the St. Croix Tribal Clinic will provide care for any enrolled St. Croix Tribal Member or Tribal member descendant, regardless of where they reside.